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‘The Politics of Nonviolence’

‘The Politics of Nonviolence’

Karuna Mantena


Dilip Gaonkar (Communication Studies, NU)

José Maria Medina (Philosophy, NU)

On Zoom, Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11 A.M.- 1 P.M. C.S.T

Gandhi and King insisted that nonviolent action was both morally and practically superior to the use of force in waging political conflict, overcoming oppression, and advancing social change.  And yet the political or practical logic of nonviolence remains obscure and/or controversial, despite the continued global prevalence of nonviolent protest.

I explore the theoretical underpinnings of the politics of nonviolence to better understand how and why nonviolent protest (1) uses tactics of disruption on a mass scale, (2) dramatizes injustice and dissent through forms that display and perform discipline, (3) tries to persuade and provoke crises through direct action.

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